27th Annual US Composting Council Conference and Tradeshow

                                                                             

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When
1/28/2019 - 1/31/2019
Where
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale 9495 W Coyotes Blvd Glendale, AZ 85305
Note: If you select Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY Registration, you must select one or more sessions from the Pre-Conference Workshop section below. 

Program

   

Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)

 
Reimagine Phoenix--the Central Role of Composting, plus tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden

Start with a tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden, thriving in part due to compost supplied by the City of Phoenix. Then get an in depth look the City of Phoenix's Resource Innovation Campus, including the state-of-the-art composter operated by WeCare-Denali. The Resource Innovation Campus highlights the City of Phoenix's economic development hub for innovators building Phoenix's circular economy, including the award winning 27th Avenue Compost Facility. The industrial scale compost facility occupies 27 acres of the Resource Innovation Campus and began operating June 2017 with the capacity to process up to 55,000 tons of inbound organics per year. The facility is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated by WeCare Denali.

Space is limited to a maximum of 40

Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Reimagine Phoenix-Resource Innovation Campus and Compost Facility Tour

The Resource Innovation Campus highlights the City of Phoenix's economic development hub for innovators building Phoenix's circular economy, including the award winning 27th Avenue Compost Facility. The industrial scale compost facility occupies 27 acres of the Resource Innovation Campus and began operating June 2017 with the capacity to process up to 55,000 tons of inbound organics per year. The facility is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated by WeCare Denali.

Space is limited to a maximum of 40

Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1/28/2019 1:00 PM
Adding Value and Organic Farm Compost Production and Use

First stop is the Arizona Worm Farm, demonstrating pre-composting, vermicomposting, biodeisel production, and other sustainable practices. Then to Blue Sky Organic Farm, where we will learn how they produce and use their compost in commercial organic vegetable production. This tour can be taken as a package with the morning workshop of Adding Value, or as a stand-alone tour.

Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1/28/2019 1:00 PM
Compost U-Tour of composting and other sustainability efforts at ASU

Details to be announced.
This tour can be taken as a package with the morning workshop on Campus Composting, or as a stand-alone tour.

Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1/28/2019 1:00 PM
Tour of Gila River Arena's Compost and other Sustainability Efforts. Just a short walk from the hotel--more details coming soon
Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1/29/2019 1:30 PM
Tour of Gila River Arena's Compost and other Sustainability Efforts. Just a short walk from the hotel--more details coming soon
Category
Pre-Conference Tours (Optional)
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1/30/2019 1:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshops

 
Compost Business Management (Full Day)

Instructors: Mark King and David Hill

Description: This full day training will cover the basic principles and techniques necessary to create a successful compost business. This course is designed to provide a buildable foundation for all attendees. Topics covered will include a variety of items necessary to establish and maintain a viable compost business, including; review of basic compost biology, feedstock management, equipment selection, financing and maintenance, measuring compost quality, health and safety concerns, compost marketing (bag and bulk sales) and distribution, and finally compost business 101 (starting from the ground and working up). By day's end, attendees will have a working knowledge and skill base necessary to succeed in any compost business venture.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Compost Odor Emissions and Process Efficiency - Connecting the Science to the Practice (Full Day)

Instructors: Tim O'Neill and Geoff Hill, Engineered Compost Systems

Description: In this class we will present how composting biology responds to process conditions inside the pile, and what operators can do to make it better. This will include a not-too-technical discussion of research findings and mechanisms. We'll then review what is meant by BMP compliance, and how the range of BMP compliance impacts the biology. This will include actual data from operating composting facilities. We'll then talk about how operations and facility design contribute to BMP compliance. Finally, we'll look at the economics of BMP compliance and discuss how to determine the right level of BMP compliance for specific composting facilities. The class includes an afternoon session where participants can problems or issues in ahead of time and Tim and Geoff will discuss solutions with the whole class.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Foundations of Composting (Full Day)

Instructors: Dr. Robert Rynk and Matthew Cotton

Description: This intensive and interactive one-day training will cover the basic concepts, practices and how to-s of compost production. The course will provide a broad foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on the underlying scientific principles. Subjects will include; basic principles of composting, process insights, facility design and managing, feedstock properties, qualities of compost, odor control, major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost. This course serves as a review in preparation for the Certified Compost Operations Managers test or the Certified Composting Professional test
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Boost Profits for Your Composting Operation with Value-Added Products (Half Day)

Instructors: Rhonda Sherman, NCSU, and Zachary Brooks, Arizona Worm FarmRhonda Sherman, NCSU, and Zachary Brooks, Arizona Worm Farm

Description: In addition to manufacturing and selling compost, you can produce vermicompost and teas/liquid extracts that will sell for much higher prices. Is your compost selling for $35 per cubic yard? How about feeding it to worms and selling the product (vermicompost) for $700 per cubic yard? With the right packaging, you can sell vermicompost for 2-1/2 times that price. Zachary Brooks will describe his composting/vermicomposting/tea production operation and Rhonda Sherman will share profiles and tips from her new book The Worm Farmer's Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Compost U-Moving Colleges and Universities Toward Zero Waste with Organics Recycling (Half Day)

Instructor: Nicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems

Description: The instructor will provide participants with an overview of how to conduct a baseline data review of organic waste streams generated on college and university campuses to gain a better understanding of the current volumes, costs, and opportunities for recovery and recycling. Resource Recycling Systems will then share a range, and possibly a combination, of collection solutions, as well as on-site and off-site organics processing including ranges of capital and operating costs for each option.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Workshop: How to Start a Successful Organics Diversion Program (Half Day)

Instructors: Gary A. Bilbro, Regional Program Manager, EcoSafe Zero Waste and Consultant, NewGreen Consulting, LLC

Description: This workshop will help anyone from waste generators, waste haulers, composters, municipalities, small to large businesses and many more interested in starting to divert their organic waste. The workshop is full of information about why organics diversion is so important; what is compostable; how to separate the material; how to work with haulers; ways to connect with the composter; training; environmental benefits to all; and many other aspects of making this a successful venture. The goal is to get all parties involved in knowing how to start a composting program, no matter where they are.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Workshop: Baseline Technical Knowledge for Selling Compost (Full Day)

Instructor: Ron Alexander

Description: Understanding specific technical aspects of the green industry is essential to the successful marketing of compost. This workshop was developed to provide composters and compost marketers with a basic technical understanding of soil and plant functions and explain how compost assists these functions - WHY COMPOST IS SO GOOD FOR THE SOIL AND WHY IT HELPS PLANTS GROW?. The course also describes products that are used along with compost, as well as those which compete with compost, as well as the pros and cons of their usage, compared to compost. Without understanding the basics of the industries in which we sell, it is impossible to be productive in the sale of compost. This course provides these basics on an easy to understand and practical level.

Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1/28/2019 9:00 AM

Tour & Workshop COMBO Packages

 
COMBO: Adding Value Workshop and Tour

A combination deal of the Adding Value Workshop and Blue Sky Organic Farm Tour

Category
Tour & Workshop COMBO Packages
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM
Campus Composting Workshop and Compost U Tour

A combination deal of the Campus Composting Workshop and the Reimagine Phoenix/ASU tour.

Category
Tour & Workshop COMBO Packages
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1/28/2019 8:30 AM

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